October 07, 2004

Press coverage

Today I was quoted in The Register (accurately!), about the email surveillance case US v. Councilman:

"Extending the court's disturbing approach, an entire surveillance system wouldn't be considered interception if it were built into local mail processing," internet researcher Seth Finkelstein told us.


I also should have mentioned earlier the latest issue of Walt Crawford's always-excellent library 'zine (not blog), "Cites & Insights". In the October 2004 issue, it's got an extensive recent copyright issues overview, which I am undoubtably biased in recommending because the coverage includes me (for the post Copyright Is Broken And Nobody Knows How To Fix It).

So I'm not at absolute zero with regard to notice. Just practically so, with regard to where I'd need to be in order to have much of an effect.

The fact that I don't write with a smiley-face (happy face) might be the difference between 300 and 400 readers. But I doubt it's the difference between 300 and 3,000. Press notice matters. Now, I don't mean to imply it's as simplistic as getting mentions, it's a complex process. I should be grateful for what I have. But, honestly, unedited voice, it also rubs my nose in what I can't have.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism | on October 07, 2004 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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Smiley faces. Why didn't I think of that?

(I've already found that one particular group of readers seems completely blind to irony or humor, but I don't think emoticons would help much in that case. Besides, as a speech/rhetoric major in college, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I really and truly detest emoticons.)

Posted by: Walt Crawford at October 8, 2004 10:57 AM